Friday, June 10th, 2011

Butter London Branwen's Feather Nail Lacquer
Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple-ish black with loads of depth and shine … like a silky raven’s feather at midnight by the Tower.”  After reading the official description, I can see what they mean.  It is a very blackened eggplant-y purple with flecks of plum and silver shimmer shot through.  It dries slightly shiny, but I would still say you need a top coat to really make it gleam.

I used two coats and there was some underlying streakiness in areas that were more visible in natural light than I expected–I photographed with two coats.  I would recommend three coats for opaque, solid coverage.  The formula seemed thin, too, which I imagine contributed to the lack of opacity in two coats as well as the streaky second coat.  It doesn’t seem consistent with the rest of Butter London’s range (that I have tried, of course), so it was disappointing.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

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Branwen's Feather

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The formula of Branwen's Feather is nowhere as nice as several other Butter London polishes that I have tried. It required three coats for opaque color coverage, and the formula was streaky and thin.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Butter London Branwen's Feather Nail Lacquer
Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen's Feather Nail Lacquer
Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

Butter London Branwen's Feather Nail Lacquer
Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer

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Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Rescue Beauty Lounge's Recherche looked similar initially, though it is a lot less brown.

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10 thoughts on “Butter London Branwen’s Feather Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I usually stay away from almost-black colors, but tis is really pretty! And I don’t mind polishes needing three coats. I usually do three coats anyway.

  2. Sarah S.

    Such a shame because it’s so pretty!

  3. Fey

    Shame about the formula. It’s such a striking black-violet.

  4. Debi

    What a pity. Not only is it streaky, but 14.00 and .1fl oz less that Zoya and OPI? I can usually do 2 coats, even with dark colours on those brands and with Seche Vite top coat they last at least 5 days. A pass for me.

  5. The color is so pretty!! so bad it’s not opaque!
    Thanks for the review. :)

  6. Danni Lee

    Thanks for posting these Butter London swatches! I love the brand! I just tried Macbeth and it is so pretty! It is totally what I was hoping Blowing Raspberries would be. Would be interested in your thoughts if you were looking for another Butter London polish to try out. :)

  7. Jessica.

    I’m wearing this right now :) it’s my favorite black but its definitely the sheerest BL i’ve tried aswell. Still <3 this polish though.

  8. I like this shade, but I always buy darker shades like this. Skip!

  9. Hiromi

    shame about the formula, the colour is gorgeous

  10. Thanks for the review! Been eying this color for a while and now I’m glad I never bought it.